Burnham Thorpe cottages
Burnham Thorpe is a quiet little village famous for being the birthplace of Horatio Nelson; there are many reminders in the area of his important part in its history, particularly in the church and especially at the village pub – unsurprisingly it goes by the name of The Lord Nelson, it does in fact date from Nelson’s time and serves as something of a shrine to his memory with all manner of memorabilia and paintings of marine battle scenes on its walls.
With a sign outside the pub saying, “dogs and muddy boots welcomes” gives you an indication you will be given a warm welcome in a relaxed and friendly environment. They serve lunch and dinners with a special board changing daily and here you can try “Nelson’s Blood” – a warming blend of rum and spices to commemorate the sailor.
There are actually a whole family of Burnham’s lying just west of Holkham in the valley of the unassuming River Burn. Burnham Overy Staithe and Burnham Norton are actually located on the North Norfolk Coast, Burnham Market is a very popular spot for a good selection of quality shops, pubs and restaurants all set around a pretty village green. Burnham Deepdale lies a little further west and along with Burnham Overy Staithe straddles the route of the coastal path.
The whole area is great for ornithology with many reserves close by, sailing can be enjoyed nearby at Burnham Overy and Blakeney, plus you will be spoilt for choice with stunning sandy beaches to explore namely Holkham, Brancaster and Wells-next-the-Sea.